The untold story of Kimi Raikkonen
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The untold story of Kimi Raikkonen

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A new book, emanating from Kimi Raikkonen's native Finland and now available in English, sheds fresh light on the true nature of one of Formula 1's most enigmatic stars, as JAMES ROBERTS explains

When Kimi Raikkonen was a child, his parents became increasingly concerned about him.

At the age of three he was mute - still yet to utter a single word. When they took him to see a doctor, nothing was found to be wrong, and, indeed, his other responses were reassuringly quick: his legs worked far faster than his tongue and soon this flaxen-haired boy had broken loose.

His lack of speech and peculiar tone - the result of accidentally falling off his bike aged five and damaging a vocal chord through impact with the handlebar - is the first of many revelations in an extraordinary new biography of the Iceman.

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